Fall/Winter Workshops
Join Michael for plein air workshops in Sedona, Arizona, from late October into mid-April.  You'll be painting in beautiful "red rock country" with many hiking trails and vistas.  You can sign up now at

Two types of workshops are offered:
  • Traditional workshop for all levels
  • Special topic workshops for advanced students
Michael will work in oil or pastel, but all media are accepted.  Students should have experience with their chosen medium and with painting outdoors. Most workshops are for advanced students, but a few entry-level weeks are scheduled as well.

Price of the workshop - $300, and has a similar schedule to the Plein Air Painting Maine (Paint Campobello) program.  Workshops run Tuesday-Friday.  We suggest you come a few days early and explore the area to get familiar with the terrain.

Workshops are limited typically to FOUR students only, so don't hesitate to sign up!  Visit for full details.

"Small Workshops for the Serious Student"
Summer Workshops
Michael  reserves summer and fall in Lubec, Maine, to offer en plein air workshops. Both oil and pastel are welcome, and every level of student, from beginner to advanced, will benefit from the workshop.  The season starts in July and runs through mid-September.  You can sign up now at 

Michael will demonstrate materials and methods for painting en plein air with plenty of instruction at the student's easel. Painting locations may include Lubec's historic waterfront, lighthouses, rugged cliffs, and more.

Sessions, which consist of four-day (Tuesday-Friday) half-day sessions will give painters plenty of time to explore both Downeast Maine and nearby Campobello Island (in New Brunswick, Canada) on their own. (Sessions are run 9-1 Atlantic Time/8-12 Eastern.) While visiting, you can go on a whale watch...take a hike at Quoddy Head State Park...or visit two of the most scenic lighthouses, the West Quoddy Light and the Head Harbour Light.

If you're from the US, we suggest you bring your passport so you can explore the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park.  Campobello Island is in New Brunswick, Canada. It's just over the bridge from Lubec, Maine, and only two hours from Bar Harbor or the Bangor International Airport. Lodging and dining are plentiful on Campobello Island and nearby Lubec, Maine.

Even though each session is a complete course, feel free to take several weeks to hone your skills! There is no minimum number of students for the class, but the maximum for Campobello Island is typically FOUR students.  A few advanced level/mentoring weeks are also scheduled.  Price - $300.  For many more details, visit 

June 3-13, 2018: SCOTLAND, Villages of East Neuk & Isle of Skye
Painting Retreat Hosted by Margaret Evans' Paint Aways
Join Michael for ten days of painting Scotland! We'll spend half the time in the scenic seaside villages of East Neuk (just south of St Andrews) followed by time on the Isle of Skye!
Price: Details coming soon! If you're interested, please let Michael know and he will let you know as details become available.

June 16-23, 2018: ITALY, Florence
Painting Retreat Hosted by La Meridiana of Certaldo

Join Michael for a week of painting the Tuscan landscape! The group will stay at the Villa Fattoria Bac├Čo in Certaldo Alto with painting excursions to Siena, La Meridiana, San Gimignano and Barberino.
Price: Starts at € 2,200. Includes transportation to/from Florence Airport, daily transportation to locations, all meals. For full details about this exciting trip to Italy, download this information sheet.

Other Workshops
In addition to teaching workshops in Downeast Maine and in Sedona, Arizona, Michael teaches for a number of art groups and associations throughout the year.  To see a master schedule of his workshops, visit the workshop page of his website.

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